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Earl Grey Senior Public School

LAST UPDATE: September 13 2019

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AT RISK INFORMATION
At risk status:
This building is at risk

Info:

On 6 May 2019, Toronto Fire was called to the Jones Avenue Adult Centre just before 5 p.m. where Capt. David Eckerman told CBC News heavy smoke had filled the building's third floor. Seven construction workers had been on the roof of the building at the time the flames broke out and had to be rescued using ladders, Chief Matthew Pegg said.

At the height of the fire, the building's roof was compromised as flames spread upward, Eckerman told CBC News. Hydro and gas services were also turned off when one of the propane tanks that couldn't be removed from the roof rolled toward the flames.

By 10 p.m. Eckerman said the blaze had been downgraded extensively, though it remained a working fire with seven or eight trucks still on the scene trying to knock it down.

Investigators are still looking to determine the cause and circumstances of the fire, he said.

No injuries have been reported.

BUILDING INFORMATION
Name & Location
Earl Grey Senior Public School
100 Strathcona Avenue
Blake-Jones, Toronto

Owner:
Toronto District School Board

Occupant:
TDSB

OTHER IDENTIFICATION
Alternate names:
Jones Avenue Public School; Jones Avenue Adult Centre

Notes:

1909: School board bought 5 acres of land for $12 500, fronting onto Jones Avenue.

1910: Name changed from Jones Avenue Public School to Earl Grey School, named after the 4th Earl Grey who was Canada's 9th Governor-General. School was a 1-storey building with 6 rooms designed by C.H. Bishop.

1911: Building has 8 rooms

1912: 12 rooms 1913: Second and third floors completed, building now had 19 rooms.

1919-1920: West wing designed by Eustace Godfrey Bird added at the rear of the school, now consisted of 27 rooms.

1922: 30 rooms

1951-52: Became a senior public school

1953: New gymnasium with a stage

1962: New building opens.

1965: The 1910 building became Jones Avenue Adult Education. In 1969, Blake Street Public School temporarily uses the old building.

1985: Old building used as Jones Avenue New Canadian School

Status:
Completed

Year Completed:
1910

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Companies:
The following companies are associated with this building

BUILDING DATA
Type:
School

Current use:
Educational

Heritage:
No heritage status

Main Style:

Sources:

Additions:
YearArchitectStyle
1919 Eustace G. Bird

Sources

  1. Earl Grey School
    Author - For King and Country
    Notes - History and memorial transcriptions
    More information

  2. Earl Grey Senior Public School
    Author - Toronto District School Board
    Notes - TDSB school page
    More information

  3. Earl Grey School, 75th anniversary reunion, October 19, 1985.
    Date - 1985
    More information

  4. Dictionary of Architects in Canada
    Notes - C.H. Bishop entry
    More information

  5. Dictionary of Architects in Canada
    Notes - Eustace Godfrey Bird entry
    More information

  6. Vintage Photographs of School Students in Toronto
    Author - Joel Levy
    Date - August 25, 2016
    Notes - Source for 1923 interior image
    More information

  7. Back to School in Toronto, Vintage Edition
    Author - Chris Bateman
    Date - September 5, 2012
    Notes - Source for c. 1920s exterior image
    More information

  8. Crews to work overnight after 4-alarm fire breaks out at Toronto adult education centre
    Author - CBC News
    Date - 6 May 2019
    More information

  9. Elementary Schools: D to F
    Author - For King and Country
    Page - Earl Grey
    Notes - Timeline of the school´s history.
    More information

  10. 4-alarm fire causes heavy damage to adult school in east-end Toronto
    Author - Nick Westoll, Global News Toronto
    Date - 6 May 2019
    More information

  11. Jones Avenue school closed after heavy fire damage
    Author - Rodger Burnside, Streeter
    Date - 7 May 2019
    More information

  12. Four-alarm fire strikes Jones Avenue Adult Centre in east Toronto
    Author - Joanna Lavoie, toronto.com
    Date - 7 May 2019
    More information

  13. Adult students to be relocated after fire at Jones Avenue Adult Learning Centre
    Author - Alan Shackleton, Beach Metro Community News
    Date - 7 May 2019
    More information

  14. Earl Grey Public School
    Author - Alexandra Studio, City of Toronto Archives
    Date - 1920s
    Page - Fonds 1257, Series 1057, Item 263
    More information

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